Turkey’s presidency refuses to give info about Erdoğan’s advisors, says ‘of no interest to public’

Turkey's autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The public relations department of the Turkish President’s Office has rejected a request from a Cumhuriyet daily reporter to receive information about the number of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s advisors and the amount of their salaries on the grounds that this information is of no interest to public, the daily reported on Wednesday.

The Cumhuriyet reporter, whose name was not revealed, asked the presidency how many advisors Erdoğan has and how much monthly salary they earn in pursuance of right to information.

The reporter failed to get any response to their questions because the public relations department of the Turkish president’s office said the questions were outside the scope of the law on right to information and of no interest to public.

Media reports say the number of Erdoğan’s advisors are 24 yet there is not any official information about it.

The number of advisors, however, are known to have increased after Erdoğan moved to the lavish  presidential palace in Ankara.

Veli Ağbaba, Malatya deputy from main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), also requested information about the salaries of Erdoğan’s chief advisors in 2016 from the General Secretariat of the Presidency and received the same response, which said that it was of no interest to public. (turkishminute.com) June 14, 2017

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